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THE SUN, MONDAY, JANUARY G, 1013.
MONDAY, JANTAUV it, 1HI.1.
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in- Mall Mailer.
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Washington i.filir. nihil MulMlnr
lticik)u nll'.rr. I LUlMirMmi street.
If tiur frtftitts eli.i ,'fir u. inth vmnutrrtpts nuil
lUtntratuMi fur pn'ttcitinn tcMS. I', liare rfjettnl
ottntca tituTncl il,'v mutt iti all fairs .tnd flump.,
tut that I'urpiiic
Murk for a Mailer llntlder.
A I'linceion de-pitch in 'I'iii: Si'.vri.w
Kr.v show lis (ioveriior Wn.sox gning
loudly at the (lot hie halls of his univer
sity and uttering tins gracious optative,
less positive than but doubtless as sin
cere as (iem ral Woi.lT.'s piel'ereiice of
the authorship of the "lllegy Written in
a Country ('liiirrliyaid" to the capture
of CJiii bee.
' I of en v i 1 1 I li.nl l,en in all lilteet "
Well, Opporitimty will put her bris
tling and bushy forelock in easy reach
of Mr. Wilson on and after March .
lie can build up his jinny, he can build
UI business confidence, he can build a
policy of justice and security, buttress
ing every right individual and collec
tive, including those of great corpora
lions and enterprises, Hut lie must
build upon the Constitution, and not
according to the plans of harebrained,
A brilliant field for a genuine archi
tect and constructor.
Delusion In W .Islillll on.
Imagine the accumulated and incan
descent thirst of an alcoholic who has
been immured in a sinitarium for six
teen years and, unchanged, imcured,
sees at hand the hour of discharge and
the satisfaction of those long arrears
of wetness. Somewhat such, as TllK
Si'N's Washington despatches tell, is
the fervidness of many Democrats for
a job, if it may be judged by the ab
sorption of certain Democratic Senators
in the great task of finding means to
kick out Hepllblc;ri officeholders. Can
these statesmen make "a deal" with the
Kcpilblicans, swapping votes for the
confirmation of Mr. T.n's "held ufT'
appointments lor votes in favor of a
law to throw out Mimmarily u host of
Federal placemen without regard to tin;
expiration of their term.?
Patronage. Patronage committees.
Who gets the job? Such lofty problems
aie many Democratic legislators pon
dering. They showed their zeal, though
vainly, in the last session, by their at
tacks on the tenure of oflices.
Nobody imagines for a moment that
licpulilicaiis have heen and are a bit !
less eager to serve the (iovernment than j
Democrats, tli are tarred with the I
The greni mass of voters howeer,
Democrats or Hepublicans or Progres-'
sives, don't hanker for a Federal post.
So long as those pots are competently)
and honestly (ilk-1 they care mighty
little who is i in- filler. The Democratic
yearning at er sn long an exile from
the loaves and lislies is natural audi
Still, do any Democratic statesmen'
labor under the delusion that ciil see-!
vice reform is going backward and not j
lorward, that the country will feel any- j
tiling cl-e in "ii ilisgusi at these sipieal
ings mid griiniings about the trough
that Woomtnw Wii.so.v has been eon
verte I iiiio a spoilsman''
.rm. I'roiMol Ion l, Si-lection.
On the sii!iet of pioinoiioii in the
nrmy Major-tie lernl I.ko.va lit Wood
in his annual icpnri as chief of stnfl lias
something to my that will not add to his
popularity in -'otne quarters, hut which
nevertheless is strongly charged with
common sen sound ze.il ior the improve
ment of t he servn e
iiei ognizmg il.e -jealous fear of ihe
cflecls of favoritism" win. h ptevails in
the ranks of ihe advocate, of seniority
in the army. Coner.il Wood makes this
piopo-al- a certain number of promo
tions to lie re ommeiided hy a board of
officers of ihe infantry, cavalry or artil
lery, in 'h- . , may be. appointed irom
the ret gi-:) I,, above that from which
promotions m e io be made, any surplus
of ollliers in grade to !,. relieved by
Ihe selection of ollicers iheieftom for
letireii'cn' detail ol the plan is that
every olfiier below the grade of Hriga-dior-fioneral
shall have served a fixed
term of yea is m his grade before being
eligible for iiiomoiion. tioiiornl Wood
would lower the average of age in re
sponsible lummnud. The junior i av
ulry Colonel in the army lo-day is fifty
eiglil. a In tie ujo oil to lead a charge
with death dealing sabie unless he is
iibnoimally mtivo and supple; th,.
jilliior Lieutenant-Colonel is lifty-Mve,
nnd Iho'iunior Ma ior forty-nine Com
parisons Willi the Kiiropoun a rime.
would show much younger "juniors" in
i he cavalry arm. In conclusion General
'Koiini Mil III nr selection for piomotiou
lists in ll, o mllltaiy nnd uawil senile or
rveiy impoitaut nation e(,.pt the I nil,., I
Klales, ami artlllcial elimination is found
In all of them nnilnso la the I nited Hlates
nay, tin- only cueiition to this jiroci La
llig Iho Culled State nimy "
In every war in which the United
Slates has licen engaged theie has Ixt.-u
a jiraclical demonstration of the nece-
sity of promotion by selection. Men of
initiative- iitid ilnritiR linvo liecn nd
vninrd as rapidly as their leadership
seenieii essential to l no success of (i
campaign, and the oldest officer as a
rule have not been able to distinguish
ttieniM-lves and Imve therefoio Im-cii
passed over. Such being (lie caw, why
should not promotions le made bv se
lection in pretKiratfon for the next war,
seniority prevailing as between two or
more ofllcors nil worthy of advance
meiit? In urging this reform Ciencral
Wool) deserves special credit, kenusc,
as the most conspicuous lieneflcinry of
rapid piomotiou bv Presidential selec
tion, the easier way would bo to avoid
t lie subject altogether. That liedoesnol
avoid it hut presses it upon the.attcn
tion of Congress proves his sincerity.
The subjoined sentences from Wili,
IA.M II. Takt'b address to his Republi
can friends on Saturday evening were
surely not of partisan inspiration:
"I hmn had xo iniiili to do with urinal
KdVrrtimeiit In tlif ndmlnNtriilInn of Judtlcp,
In tlm worklnu out and litilldliiu up of a
mneiniiicnt. as In the I'lilllpiilnci. and la
tl'Miitf to make a itnvrnmiHit Ivller In
Wfl.hliiKton, that I cannot Join In tlii glow
liitf promise that Internment action cm
itvnr-dv oil of the rvlli of polity, sin, dls
o,im and litiioiame as m-i forth In lhi pros-piKtiiiT-s
of an nmultloiK ihiIIIUbI party "
As t lie sound sense, tlie ripe experience
and the broad knowledge, that are ex
pressed in these temperate and wiso
phrases are considered, thero auto
matically spring into the mind certain
other words uttered exnetly ono week
before Mr. Takt spoke:
"Tin-re mtut Im n ld In Rovemment
'I here must ho a heart in the policies of rov
crmnent Ami men mint look to It that
they do unto other as they would have
others do unto them This uvd to I and
has lonif heen the theme for the discourse
of Christian ministers, hut It has now come
to he part of j the hotmden duties of min
isters of state.
" Hut e had set up this liAppy eijieriment
In a country so ahundjntly furnished with
wealth, so extraordinarily provided with
opportunity for all sorts nml conditions of
men, that suddenly we uot drunk with the
mere wine of prosperity, ami for a little
while forcot that our mission was not to
Pile up ureal wealth, tmt to serve mankind
In Immunity and justice
llut through this lotnr (enturv the nine
leeiithienturyl.ilurlni: which it has seemed
from time to time n If we were forgetting
what America was set up to do, the world
has -lowly come ahout to the point of view
that the line men w ho set the !n eminent of
the t lilted Mates up had in the lieginning "
Thus Woormow Wll.so.v, "not of a
visage to mind marring," and not caring
"whether the war paint is becoming
The City I'ool Hat lis.
increase of pool baths
by the Superintendent of
Public Buildings invests with interest
some recent investigations hy Dr. M. P.
I. vex el. Director of the Hygienic
Laboratory of Wisconsin. This con
scientious investigator regards the pos
sibility of diseases like typhoid fever
being contracted by swallowing water
while bathing or swimming in a pool as
undoubted, and he points out n practical I
method or preventing contamination.
Tiie pool in the men's gymnasium of
the University of Wisconsin is used by
an average of 275 men each day, except
Saturday, when 1 lie number Is much
increasisl. The pool has a capacity
of ii7,ono gallons; it is emptied, cleaned
and refilled once a week.
are require:! to take a shower bath
before entering the pool. Dr. Havenel
found during an observation of three
years that the number of bucteria
gradually increases, the maximum being
reached about the middle of the week,
followed by a decrease until Saturday,
when the number of bacteria is again
larger. There is considerable organic
matter in the lake that supplies the pool,
w hich probably tends to serve as a culture
medium for Ihe Iwcteria deposited by tho
bodies of the bathers, despite the usual
perfunctory washing under the shower
bath before bathing.
Professor Kavenkl recommends the
addition of hypochlorite of lime tice
a week, according to the quantity of
organic matter contained in the water
supply When a proportion of one
sirl of chlorine to n million parts of
water was used the water was practi
cally freed from Iwicteria.
This investigation offers a solution
of the problem confronting the users of
all pool baths and merits the attention
of our authorities. The latter liavo
very properly decided to construct
more pool lths because they ure allur
ing to the multitiideand thus initiate a
desire for personal cleanliness to which
by habit and temomment they liave
is-en strangers. Aside from this ad
vantage the very valuable art of swim
ming may be learned by large numbers
of jiersons who would otherwise luck
the opportunity for acquiring skill in
swimming, which is not only an excellent
torm of exercise but may often bn the
means of saving life.
Tho German Public Hath Socioty re
gards a daily cleansing und refilling of
tlie pool as necessary for a perfect
hygienic state of a swimming pool, ad
vising Hint (lie water must be running
constantly during the use of tins pool.
This would involve an outlay of money,
especially if the water is heated to take
off the chill, that would make tho bath
prohibitory. 'Wo have long opposed
swimming pools bocauso of the great
cost of maintenance und tho impossibil
ity of making them sanitary. Wo aro
now convinced that in New Vork city,
at least where tho Croton water is
pure enough lo drink safely, there is
no need of filtration of tho pool water,
mid that a preliminary soap und water
shower scrub, with emphasis on cleans
ing tho feet and folds of tlie body thor
oughly, would eliminate most of the
douger from pools, and that tho addi
tion of hypochlorite of limo would ren
der the water sterilo, ovon if used by
largo numbers of adults.
That tho public bath Is a meaiuro of
tho highest sanitary importance, phyi
tally nnd tneritiiHy, TllK Si'.v has pointed
out frequently. It is gratifying that
Professor ItAVIlVKlH inethixl makes
the pool more economical ami sinitary
anil removes the only objections to this
The Accessory l-'lrelitigs.
The defences of their methods made
by those fire insurance companies that
without iiiestion insure an applicant
in any amount he wants are not con
vincing. They fail to answer Fire Com
missioner .Ioiixson's criticisms mid
those of Mayor (iAYXOit. Their parade
of a noble purKso to serve the fKor
public with cheap insurance will not be
So far as the cost ol inquiring into the
moral hazard of any risk is concerned,
ever' retail merchant who gives credit I tinted through' the 'small opening h-hlnd
docs the same thing. Tho cost to him 1 ilie driver's seal. Not liifreiiuently, when
of reasonable investigation is not pro-l"'" l",,at. were lllled. women entered and
bililtorv Wbvslionhl it Im In the seller ""' l""urely on the llrtnly set knees of the
tiiimorj . v,n siioum it be to tne sellers ,,,rtlpr M,x u , rrim.m)(,r , ,.riT,olim,
of ilro insurance? was m fashion In tho-e day.
Xo city olllci.'ll expects or suggests! Ihe transient aftalrs of these vehicle were
that the 'fire insurance companies writ-' m'sided over by a hardy lot, b-arlu the
... , . , p i . .. i ..i i . .. irof battered male ot fed on Ihe four
mg this class of business should Jht- ..,.,. ,,,.,,, ..,, f ,,
form anything in the nature of a coin
meroial miracle. It is not asked that
they should put themselves to any more
trouble than a West Side butcher does
when a new family moves into an aari
mont house. It is demanded that these
companies, for the protection of the
lives and property of the community,
shall take as much trouble as the trades
nianihs's for his own protection.
Meanwhile tiie fact that Mr. Johnson
has not enjoyed tlie stiix-rlative advan
tages of n lifelong education in the lite
insurance trade is of no consequence.
He lias made public certain facts that
have long lieen within th" knowledge
of tlie Fire Department. lie has us"d
them in an effort to force reforms.
He has the public behind him. Those
insurance cotntvinies that by their
conduct encourage, arson must mend
Sadly, severely must TllK SCN, that
lias beamed affectionately upon Jok
since he first burst in leaiity on a daz
zled world as the Cupid of Copiah county,
reprove its neighbor tho M'nrit for this
insulting, tin intolerable quest ion:
"Will .losrrtt W. Utu.Kr be remembered
longest as a Texan of a sonorous Mvlo of
oratory or as a statesman who had n fond
ness for list fights?"
As well ask "Will Cain !. remembensl
longest for hi services to agriculture?"
"Will .In.ics CKKAit Is? remembered
longest as the pupil of M. Antonics
UNii'iio?" "Will General Gtu.VT Is- re-
memlxTed longest as a clerk in a hard
ware and leather store?"
So long as the bloom i on the rye and
the dot is on the "j," so long as taxes and
stveclies arc inflicted upon suffering
men, while memory iioiits h"r scat or
'Dollar HlI.L HuvaN h a candidate, so
long will Joseph Wi:ijo. Hailey l
' famous and execrated as the foe of
music, cloqueniv and innocence, the
tyrant hand that grippKl and nil but
strangled the ivory weazand of Indiana's
Grand Young Man.
Th pollen have nrrestvl an nlleped
fence." whose establishment was on
Third street. How long could a
receiver of stolen goods with even a
nuslerate trade carry on his business
without detection by nu alert and devotisl
I believe that tho producer and th con
sumer are tho two most roollsh classes In
existence. They both want to find out how
AtirnOi.itA flw. ml,l,l!.,m,i ,,n,l i.ll ,..t .1,.
,it stand still, -.tfrs. Jt i.ian Hr via
It i poor and small couic!isattou to
reflect that tho accursed middleman is
also h consumer; and therefore not only
a member of ono of tho two most foolish
classes hut to a certain extent the victim
of hi own humanity, inhumanity and
L'oiiKratulutlons to tho lady in a Hun
dred and Sixtenth street flat- who dis
comfited and dazed n thief by swattinic
him in the face with cieam puffu. The
weapon smacks or softness, tranquillity,
tho Arabian NlgJitN, but in a hand
entirely great It is much more effective
than a revolver. With that you muy
cripple or kill tho "Innocent bystander."
With this only the guilty suffers; nnd his
surprise must be almost equal to his
rk men steal nuto. -lltaAUnr.
Undergraduate don't "steal", tho word
is too coarse for their frolio seizure. They
don't even "convey," liko AtifofjriM,
They "swipe " They "rag "
It no painstaking American and jovial
Figaro burn with envy when lu, reads in
The Sun's Paris despatches of tho lwrlier
who lent n customer $2,ouo Tho Parisian
luu tier Is a hairdresser and board trimmer
of laborious character and often of ar
tistic morit, but ho Is more colffour than
hurlwr Ills shop Is an niniabln club; his
sliavlng may remind you of tho surgeon
rather than tho liarbor.
Tho restaurant keepers nre to org.mlro,
prolmhly for tho purpose of dovising
means to punish those natrons of eating
houses who decllno to tie blackmailed by
the coat and hat highwaymen stationed
ut the outer doors,
FlorlitUnt of irt Mane.
To the llniTOB or Tits SiN-S'fr.' Just sow
this elm: "Ultlo A Flff, itruglls." Irt Vm
I". J. II. Itrmv.
JicnoNTU.LF, 'a., January I,
two Jolly Hogs.
I've seen lonr ilnr and ttinrt, anil loj;s of various
Hut neer any iln, my Utile dor, lilts you.
Home times 1 watch you hurtril In conjecture dark,
Which are developed In a muffled bark;
Sometimes I'm nure you must Instlnctltely have
That someltilng's surely going on of Interest,
Although ou don't posrn tlie mental satlkfac
lion Of sensing quite what Is ilir actual distraction;
Hnmnlintu I ow Hint It Is Imlefennlble,
Though unite sagacious, you are not more sensible,
For, when nu whisk around In Joy, and always
Though trying hard, apparently, to cttch your
You line that dignity which khoulit become your
.Sill!, as Fie itald, at uther times you're quite a
You're In the prime of life, though only Jour,
Well, so am 1, though forty p'r'apt a little more.
And t confess I love to play the fool at times.
If not In action, still In light ephemeral rhvmes,
Sn we won't mind how slow or fast old Time mar
Ilotb you tod 1 will always bo a Jotly dogl
i. Toocn Burooci.
Till! Dl.lt STAKE uses.
Ilnil(l Transit llcluccu Hie t'pprr Mrsl
stile nml llonntmwi.
'In Till' I'llttOR nr Till! SIS' .Sir If
Inent infi In, 4 been made I must lime missed
. u In Tin Si s of the two stace lines, one
running thiougli to llioadnay via
I street, now 'Ihlrd, tlm other In ItlcccUer
Islieel, both coining from the west, the
I (lieciiw ii h and Chelse.i village section,
I their lermlnl respectively, a 1 recall It,
I'll I Ion feiry and Castle Harden '1 he stage
of tho sinlty street line were painted In
light i-olors, the Interims with decorated
pain-Is the llleecker street line In blue and
gold, very showy, ami by no mean In bad
In winter the stage were often put nut
of commission by the snow nml were re.
placed by sleighs, drawn by four, sit and
often eight hores, and making regular
trip over the route, Jolly partle, young
and old, crcally enjoying Ihe ride. Straw
covered the floor of the stage, The door
was controlled by a strati around Ihe dilv.
visible In il hairy muftle
They setllid their accounts nt the end of
Ihe day's work. One or those noted singe
i firm wa Kip A Drown The dtlver
had retired to a ipifet corner of the stable
to ndjnst hi account. One or tlm Ilrm.hv
accident . was standing near unnoticed.
Old .Mm, driver, dumped the silver in hi
lap and began to form two little piles, with
tie' following accompaniment 'One for
Ul ,V llriiwn, one for.Hm," and so on lo
the end. the odd i oin, which he held waver
Ingly In his upraised hand, when he was
startled by the voice or his employer, who
laughingly remarked, "Tlie odd one goes to
the linn, .llin."
HIceckcr, bv the way, was quite a notable
street rroni C.irifclne to Hroadwav ami
beyond 1'or Instance, Ihe block now
occupied by Hie .Mills Hotel, 'Ihompson
lo Sullivan street, was occupied bv .
serie or dwellings on the French plan.
I remember seeing their counterpart on
the old Hue .M ilesherbe in l'arls, with the
great door enclosing the porte cochere
entrance, to each house
On the corner or Thompson street lived
the great surgeon Dr. Molt; on the corner
or Sullivan street A. T. Stewart lived, and
thereabout were the Hendriekses, the
Nathans, Wards, Itoinalnes, the Ibirgouses,
representative ot the.Meilean (iovernment.
the Itoosevelt. I)r Thoma II Skinner,
nnd on other nearby streets many well
known New York families. .1 V t'ci.vrn.
Nkw Vohr, .bimiiiry 5.
Ilclwccn Tenth Street nnd Twentj-tlilrd.
To tiik I.pitoi: or Tin, Srv .s'fr As a
property holder In the district that until
very recently lei had practically n mon
opoly or the Pirger sort or retail business or
the community, but which at the present
time is rapidly losing its grasp upon t h it
trade nnd a well upon IU general business
supremacy, I wish to sound a note ot warn
ing to others who, like myself, have money
Invested below Twenty-third street iti.il
above Tenth street
There lias been a migration of big retail
business northward. 'Ihl moe has been
made without other reason Hi m fear. The
seitiou of the city to which I rcft'r should
always remain the best retail section or New
York cit lntead or that, however, It will
soon be like a deserted village if we w ho
ore most interested do not take proper
steps to defend what is rightfully ours and
to obtain our fair shire of improvements
It is essential to the continued prosperity
or tin part or the i it . and in fact to that
sedlon or the city south or u. that Sixth
avenue as well a hcetith avenue be e
tended on downtown, 'this should huve
been done year ago. If it had been done
live or ten year ago property south or
Twenty-third street and west or Hroadway
would lo-day be worth rrom in to SO per
cent more than It is. if those two ave
nues bad been extended southward the
Fourth avenue development would havu
been delayed. We should have held our
business hupremaeyiind It would have been
better for the city at large.
This part of New Vork must recelre the
consideration that Is Its due when future
subways ore built, and the ono thing tlmt
we who own property down here or who
have other business Interest here must do
Is to muke certain or a tunnel or sufficient
sle to accommodate all manner of trafllo
anil which shall reach under the Hudson and
thus placo New Jersey in immediate and
direct ommunlcatlon with Fourteenth and
If these matters an, not taken up Imme
diately by the business men and property
holders of this section of tlie city, we might
us well accept us Inevitable a depredation
of at least 10 per cent, in real estate values.
.lOII.V .1. Itt'ARIMX.
Nrw Yoim. .lanuury 4.
N anil .1.
'To tiie KntToit or Tut: Svn Sir- In
a news nrtlcle In Tur. Stis. "HI Signal
of Joy Summpned nn Army," we are told
how Nutlmulsl .Junes, a gentleman of
color, in the exuberance of hi Joy at the
arrival, by Stork's Parcel Kipress, of a
little pickaninny, disrupted that portion
of his .Malesty's officialdom in tlie llritish
West Indies by Inad w-rtently, wilfully or
maliciously displaying tlie International
code Hags representing the letters N nnd .1,
the Initial of said pic-Vaulnny, thereby
losing his Job, Ac, as related by Vernon
V Hooley, marine superintendent of the
Hoval Mall Line Pleas,, rerer lo "The
I bungalow Hoys Marooned In the 'I roplcs,"
by Hester J. Forrester (Hurst A Co., New
orkl. pages 131 us "'What signal, sir?'
demanded tho doctor with much hauteur.
'Why, N J ' In the international code It
mean '1 am attacked. Want assistance.'
We saw It and responded at once. 'Sam,
on black rascal,' he demunded, 'Is this
some ot your work?' 'Yo' mean de flags,
sah?' 'Yes, did you set such u signal?'
'I ilono fly two lllly Hags; dey menu X .1,
sah ' 'What for, you rascal?' 'Why, Hah,
I means dat baby's name tor be Napoleon
Jennings N. J., sah so I done flowed
dem Mags ter signify." 'Hood heavens!'
exclaimed Mr. Pacre, a light bursting on
him, 'I this negro the lighthouse keeper?'
'He Is,' rejoined the doctor- 'HU name
Is Ham Jennings and his wife has Just pre
sented him with a son. The foolish fellow,
In hie exhilaration, fired off his revolver,
but I nevor dreamed that he would be
crazy enough to hoist flags."
IIkookltn, January S. Axxioci.
Ihe Deadly Ureas Halt Case.
To Tine KniTon or Tne HfN-6'ir: Now that
everything of no consequence Is settled to the
dissatisfaction of ecrybdy, I mine you, sir,
to take such action as shall Insure the passage of
a law that shall make It a misdemeanor punish
able by life Imprisonment to earn a dress suit
ruo that Is uot )irotded with special air cushions
on all eight corners.
I emerge from the maw of the subway with the
sunshine on my brow and a bosom fluted with
billowy emotions of Joy. A man with a sutl case
approaches me from'lho north and fracturra my
kneepan, One behind with tho same form ot
catapult lilt me at the crook of the knee and
naught but the celerity ot a cat and a broad under
standing save me from proncneas on the pave
ment. Uy best friend approaches and tn exuber
ance of salutation transfers tits suit case from
right lo left hand to grasp mine and It collides
with my hirakfAKt storage bin.
Are the foundations of humanity and society
to be thus lulhlessly undermined? I meditate
UOt. UlTTCBLT IllTTUk
Nkw York, January t.
Little drops of water.
Utile grains of aand
Make for hungry statesmen
i. Offlcat ult graad,
t'nllcrnsril llou-ilioals llitslly Pollutlm;
To mr l.iuioi: ok 'I nr Si v Mr 1'or
some lime the resident of the Hliecpshrail
i Hay section of HronUyn have heen com-
' plalliltitr nlioiil Hie hoiisclioals aiicnoreii
In lhi has 'I he resiilenls claim Unit the
eilstlng coinlilliiiis are menacing the health
of Ihei iiniliill ni t V. il lie to what is lermed tho
neglect nml linpotciicy of Ihe Hock lie
parlmciit and the Hoard of Health, It Issald
that IheDepartlneiitor Health has long been
acquainted with Ihe facts hut has done noth
ing to remedy present conditions.
The properly owners' organisation has
spent over two years trying to "clean up"
SheeHhead llay.aiiil the condition are us
hadto-dayn they have ever heen ami only
wait for warm weather to become not (only
offensive but dangerous to health nml
Houseboat, which have been forbidden
to anchor at this point without, permit
from the Hoard of Health, are Mill tied up
aluii? the waterfront, nml while many of
them nru unoccupied nl this lime people
are still )llng upon some of them, The
boat have no sewer connection and empty
Into the hay. Home of them, according to
Ihe Information of Ihe association, are
nothing less than lloalliig'dlsonlerly house,
made more disreputable, from the Tact that
they are subject to no restriction, t'n
e something I done before spring the
s line condition that prevailed last summer
will again become prevalent Owner of
shacks along tho shorn front who were
specifically ordered by the Hoard of Health
some time ago to make sewer connections
have Ignored Ihe order and continue to
pollute the water of Ihe bay, which, ac
cording to an Inspector of the Hoard of
Health, were polluted to such an extent that
it was surprising typhoid had not re
sullcd from the condition.
If these houseboats were done away with
Slieetwliead Hay would become one of the
most attractive spot in tho lily. It Is n
beautiful body of water, nnd the develop
ment on the east side of the Manhattan
K.stales should be duplicated on the west
shore, making It an Ideal watering plnep.
ln't there some way of ridding the com
munity of these unhealthy place? The
only way to do It would he for the Hoard of
Health to get on the job and condemn all
houebnat lying at anchor In Ihe bay
flitr.F.rsii..ui HT, January 4.
' .' AT WHOLESALE HATES,
Opinion nr a llrnoklinltr on an Ortho
dox Yankee I'ln Kater.
To Tnr: F.niTon or Tiik Scn .Sir.- Whllo
waiting for breakrast to be served In a
downtown restaurant on Saturday morn
ing .1 stranger entered ond took a seat nt
my table. When the waiter appeared tho
stranger .ild, "l'e, a w hole one."
1 chanced a look under my paper and saw
a rather snvnge cast or countenance, and tho
man was tall nnd thin and hungry looking.
'Ihe alacrity with which the waiter re
turned with the pie, already cut Into what
1 Judged would In, satlrylng mouthful,
convinced me that everything had been
prepared. 1 reflected How- thoughtful or
the proprietor to have ever) thing ready
Tor this species
If the order wn a surprise Hie despatch
with which tho pie vanished wa a revela
tion It evidently "touched the right spot."
a he no doubt would have said at home,
and lit view nr the s'Unii of pear on earth
and good will I in turn wa gratified Then
followed a con ersation I could not help
overhearing lu which tlieploe-tter Insisted
on a reduction or lo cent In hi check In
Mew or the obvious fact that he had taken
a whole pie
To-nlglit lu looking over n number of
Si si which an absence or a Tew days had
allowed to accumulate I find u letter In
Tur Niw or December signed by J H.
K ." miller the head "Piece of Light." In
which the writer says he is from New F.ng
lund. tells of going to n restaurant In the
neighborhood or City Hull on Christmas
Day and eating pie. and close with the
Hiunuiig siurement mat no New IJiiglaml
Jury would find him guilty or murder Tor
killing a restaurant man who cut u pie into
May I Hsk In nil seriousness what manner
oi man is nils who woiiiii no murder because
an obliging restuurant proprietor had cut
the pie Into tidbit for some of Ids out of
town patron, or Is it simply that thev eat
pie w hole in New F.tigbiud? I). I.
liKooKl.1 v. Januarv 5
Till linoil Old Planet.
To nm i.niToa or Tiik Siw-Sfr: I
heard an old tony, somewhat like myself,
though not quite so good looking, by which
I mean he did not carry hi year so well,
say the other dav that the world was bad.
1 torthwllh asked him how- with 111 limited
experience or universes he was able to Judge
what n really good world should be like. I
went further, and "optimized" that no age
would bo more happy than the present. As
u mutter of fact there I no addition to the
mm or pleasure. What doe progress
mean .Uter nil but merely not lugging be
hind? Our notion or progress is w rong, ror
the Omnipotent is always perfect, und Is not
the univcrso Ills manifestation?
'Ihe world moves; certainly still, at each
point It is perfect. It Is a good as it can
be ul the moment. We are only capable of
a certain amount of sensation, ami If our
enjoyments are to be Increased a new set
of nerve must be Invented. Any one who
has had a varied career will tell you that the
pleasure and pain of It have been about
equally distributed, and those who Imagine
they have Improved the, past have really
only altered old Institutions to get new feel
ings. Posterity will grow Just n old rash
loncd a weureatid will enjoy w hatunthjuily
und we shall hae enjoyed, the sun, the
moon, the stat, smiles, love, friendship,
ambition, struggle, seir-Haurltleo and
Around the brow or my sage old fogy I
perceived the motto, "Nil ndmtrarl." but I
would rather bind around my own the poet
ical "Onuie ndmirari." for romance Is not
In thing but In the souls tlmt observe.
Nkw York, January s, Veteiun,
An Infant nr This Century.
Ton m: KntTon or Tun Hus-ir; In this
"children" nnd "giownup" controversy
"I!.," It seemsjo me, hun the best of the
argument. Lately 1 heard of a young
girl who had to attend some school func
tion and wa obliged to wear a certain
kind of dress, though the trimming was
left to her own selection. As F.dythe. Mae,
Kthylle and some other extravagant mis
spelled young ladles had decided on an
embroidery that cost ye gods! four dol
lars a yard. Mistress Mary Insisted on her
mother furnishing the same material ror
her dress. Her mother, absolutely unable
to afford such extravagance hut anxious
f0.ri l!er . dB''htT ,la ,uluB ""t for
wh ch she herself had to borrow, meekly
yielded, and the only wonder to me In that
Mary didn't appear at the school function
with the price tagged onto her frills and
Children nowadays are educated too late,
and only by their own sad experience!
Lducate the old people and the coming
generation will soon earn a better reputa
tion than It has at present. Tinum.
New Yoiik, January a.
To tn nniTfiB or Tnn Sim sin Ton .
sponded most gracefully to Ur. James v. F
Hart's criticism of your expression "wa brr ,r.
salute and to thank." Hut does not Mr. Hart in
using the expression "bad. grammar" disqualify
himself as a stone throw er!
A sentence or phrase la grammatical or the
reverse. Its construction may be good or bad,
but grammar rannot be so clastllled.
New Yoaa, January 6. A""""'
Classical Anecdotes! Tba Frrokltptomaalac.
Prometheus had stolen the Are from heaven.
"Now you can get up every morning and build
It." cried his wife.
Herewith he wished he hadn't.
The Walter In Ihe olympas laa.
Ganymede was cup bearer tothe gods.
The old tightwads only tip 10 per cent..: be
A Ix-Uurcl) Philosopher I'.ntrrat This
Tom n lt "Take It ICas)."
'Tn nn: llnimn ov Tnr Mrs Ulr: The
greatest boon In Ihl city would be a unani
mous resolution mil to be in n hurry during
Hits, or better still, during our natural
lives If every one would ndnpf and ui I
uii to the moiln "fcsllna lenle," what n
pleasant place New ort would be! When
I observe people lushing tn catch car In
the morning, and thereby also running
Ihe risk or syncope; when I marvel nt the
subway scrambler, none of whom appar
ently appreciates the rail that there I
another train In n row moments, when I
gaze nt the ipilrk lunch gormandizer who
est a It their lives depended on their gob-
lillnB, like so many barnvurd rowl. wnen
I think of all the discomfort entelled and
Inevitable discourtesy, 1 nm surprised that
Ihl resolution ngnltist an eternnl full till
Is not more generally adopted and carried
out 'The flrst piece of advice I Invariably
give a young man I not to be in u hurry,
but advice being n drug on the market or
something worse than n drug, for n drug
I sometimes taken, the youth smiles and
Year ngo I wa taught that there are
three word In the F.ngllsh language which
ought lo be crossed out of Ihe dictionary.
The flrst I "satisfaction." No one Is, or
ought lo be, satisfied; the second Is "hon
esty," Tor tin one has ever been known lo
lie absolutely honest, nnd the third Is that
beautiful word "ir." and -paradoxically
H the word "hustle" were to be eliminated
too I am srtre the world nnd especially the
city or New York would not suffer. Maybe
H we had htislled we should have enjoyed
the ndvantngc or n subway nnd a parcel
post twenty years ago, hut probnblv we
hustled in the wrong way, and Ihl diaboli
cal "hustle" wa the very cause or the
Festlna lente -hurry slowly -Is a good
signpost to success, and n resolution to
support this Herculean pillar of sense and
mental sobriety should be carried netn.
coll. Jf.MPtNII CT.
Nr.w YonK. January 5
.4 CHEAT IIAX.IO SOLOIST.
UroTKK Marren's Mistily llallail of "The
lltiiiKry Man From Harlem."
To TIIE KtUTOlt or TllK StJ.v .Sfr; When
I wn n boy I remember seeing fleorge
Warren come upon the stage with a chair
in one hand nnd a banjo In the other. Ho
was dressed as a plantation darky, with
the largo shoe of nn Ethiopian. As he
sat down nnd crossed his leg tho figure 14
was visible on the sole of Ids shoe. Ho was
styled a "banjo soloist." Since then many
have followed In Warren's footsteps, such
as Hilly Courtwrlght, Ham Devere, Andy
Collom. Jim Hoome and Hilly Carter, who
has recently passed beyond. The veteran
varleV patron will remember them nnd
their funny stories, one of which I stilt
recall. It was
I took my mother-ln-lsw to see a funny comedy
the other day and she nearly died laughing
I'm going to take her again to morrow.
Then he follows on with a song known
as "The Hungry Man from Harlem":
Of a hungry man I am going to stag
And a pity to jour heart will bring.
He swsllowcd almost cerythlng.
This hungry man from Harlem.
He'd eat a hundred times a day.
Ills bnaidlng bill he couldn't pay.
He'd get outside of a bale of hay,
This hungry man from Harlem.
The way he would eat It couldn't be best,
All kinds of meat, both sour snd sweet:
He'd eat etery thing they had In the place.
And bit a big chunk from his mother-in-law's face:
He chewed up his father, devoured his mother.
He swallowed hU sister and tackled his brother:
He swallowed the clock, bit a hole la the door.
cnewed up tlie roof and tw allowed the floor;
He chewed up his shoes, he chewed un his hat
Made a raid on the kitchen and swallowed the cat:
He chewed umbrellas and ate up the stoe
And bit the broad side from the sen ant girl's nose.
' but he never had enough lo eat, from hunger he
He'd eat s pstr of srmy shoes sad pulverise a
To see him tackle turkey would cause you to
He'd eat a horse and cart and chase the driver a
He ate so much It made him thin,
Ills hair fell out and his clothes fell to:
Ills bones were sticking through his skin.
This hungry man from Harlem.
He struck this city one tine day.
Hut for a meal he couldn't pay.
He took a walk- along llroadway.
This hungry roan from Harlem.
The very rlrst thing he chanced to meet
Was a Herman band coming down the street;
He swallowed them all as fast as they come.
He chewed up their music and ate up the drum.
He tackled a crowd coming home from a ball.
They began for to dance, and he swallowed them
Went down to the ferry and swallowed a boat,
Went out on election day and swallowed the vote,
At last he camo to llrookbn town,
He met s big preacher and gobbled Mm down:
He swallowed a pump, picked bis teeth with the
And ate the reporter of the Hrooklyn .jnjal;
Then, getting disgusted with betng so light,
He swallowed himself and went out of sight.
Albert W. Diti.
PnoTinrscit, R. I., January .
To the EntTon or Tuk Sen Sfr: The
letters In 'The Sc.v relating to old 'time
songs have been extremely Interesting to
"young" not old "timers" like myself.
One song, known as a "standby" years
ago, went something like this'
I sm such a shy young girl,
Kyrs like diamonds, always gay,
This was n great favorite with chaps
.who had n mild "souse on." The regula
tion "stunt" wa lo take off their hats,
point to their bald heads, say "Am I right
or wrong?" and then order a glass of "half
and half." Those were the happy days!
BHQOKl-TX. January B, j. McQ,
Aids to Heflectloa.
To thk KniToa or Th Sow ,sir: 1 thought
I had tried everything for reflection and reminis
cence, but funnily enough I find I omitted ash
sifting. After the recommendation of your
Cilen Ittdge, N. J correspondent I shall rertalaly
add that means to my Hat, Washing dishes has
brought Inspiration to me on many occasions.
It arouse poetical thought, for as the hot water
flows over the plates one can conjure up the
trickle and tinkle of woodland burns and becks.
Just as your thoughts are raised to celestial
conceptions, bang, crash drops a dish through
your Angers, and with quite a Shavian awakening
both your Ideas and the crockery come suddenly
down to earth.
I have a friend who dabbles In a distinctive
dreamland of his own when shining bis shoes, but
that Is a task I always shunned. Cleaning the
stiver always brings out bright Ideas though,
and If you sharpen knives you are apt to out a
capital edge on your wits at the same time. In
fact all these little domesticities are of use In
eliciting Utopias, kingdoms of lllcomlcon. Ara
bian Nights, Flying Dutchmen and other similar
Ash sifting Is a welcome addition. It ls.no
doubt, ot great use to those In love, for II may
blind the eyes of the unfortunate wooer to what
Is certsln to await htm after he has sworn to take
Iffrs Soandso for belter or, maybe, worse.
naooii.TX, January i. Aumbciub.
Ixglc aod Common Sense la I.angmag.
To Tnn UniToa or Th BVNstr; "v. J. u'a"
remarks In TUB SUN regarding ancient authori
ties Is to tne poiut. witn all due respeect and ad
miration for them, they were not Infallible, and
we should rather be guided by a little logic and
Who would think of defending the douhla
superlative, "the most unlrtndsst," for tntlanoe,
simply because Shakespeare used ltt We can
admire "Forever and a day" as a poetical fancy,
and by the same token we might allow "more
oompleto." if Dr. itadlcy said lu
A man may be a good college president srltheat
being a monster of pedagogical perfection aad
pedantry. Dot us not be too dogmatic
aim lUDom, n. H January . .lo,
NEW BARGE CANAL
WILL OPEN IN 1915
SiHti' Kiifrlnprr Rpiim-I Sn - th,.
Is Not Klintmli.
CHAM PLAIN CAN A I. I i j
Ailflitioiial Tcniiimils fur Iln,.
son IHvit CHIps Ilrt niii.
mcmlt'il in Itcptirls.
Aimvr. Jn. ft.- The lenillnir f.,e
of Htnte Knglneor Hensel's tepnrt t
Legislature this year is hi tern,,
to the fact that the cost of the iu
onnl system will be more than i lot nn
000, which la tho ntnoiint npproprl.iti ,
to build it. .Morn runns must be appro.
printed within the next two yen is 'P
additional expense Is due principally , ,
the Increase In the cost nf land nml
waters taken for barKe ennui purposes
nbove tho cstlmutn of 1S0.1 and the In. ,
creased price of labor and materials
In his review of the two years he h,m
boon Btato KnRlnrer Mr. Hepsel point
out that more than $28,000,000 worth
nf tvnrlf hnn been romtiteleil. Iiiirin,.
the previous Fix yenrs the work nniountcil
to ;ti.uuu.uuu. iToiii a comparison "f
llBiires 95 per cent, of the canal work
finished to date hns been dono In th
Inst two year..
The State Knclneer siys he. will h.ni
the new canal rendy to open In 1?15.
All the plans for the wnrlt to bo done
aro now ready. At tho rapid rate nt
which work Is trotnp; on tho Champlaln
cannl will be completed next year, if
progress on tho Rcotla dam Is rapid th,
cannl between the Hudson Hlver and
Oswcbo will bo ready In 191B.
As to tho need for more money Mr,
Bensel says thnt tho cost of construes
Hon as contemplated In 1903 and th.
cost of. ensrlneerlnir wilt bo u-ltMn ,s.. .
estimated amount, but that damage to
water powers and riparian rights, for
which the 1903 eatlmntn n-ia tnunmsi.n,
account for the call for additional np.
proprlatlons. A largo number of bridges
must be built nlnnir the conn I nml s..
demands of the highway traffic call for
bridges of greater width and length
man provided ror in 1903.
In the 1903 estimate tbern ti-na In.
eluded an Item of $7:9,644 for machinery
for locks, which were to bo twenty
eight feet wide. The locks are being
made forty-three feet wide, which wl
not only Increase their cost but the
cost of the operating machinery, a
conservative estimate of tho cost of
lands necessary for cannl panoses is
placed by Mr. Uensel at JS.000.000, not
Including water power settlements, of
tho I5S.000.000 paid out to dato about
$45,000,000 covers payWnts mndo ti
contractors on uccount of monthly estl
mates. In the Troy dam matter, over which
Secretary of War Stimson nnd th
State have clashed, Mr. ltcnscl takes n,
decided stand In favor of the State tak
ing all revenues and says that the State
should bavt, control over the structures
ut the entrunce to the canal system.
Poughkeepsle. New burgh and other
cities along the Hudson huvo been pe
titioning Mr. Hensel for barge cnnel
terminals nnd he tells the Legislature
thnt there is merit In tho claims an 1
thnt additional money should be ni
proprlated for terminals on the Hud
son between Albany nnd New York
Mr. Hensel suggests that steps be .
taken to prevent pollution of canal '
WU.h EIGHT SPOILS SYSTEM.
CItII Sen Ire l.eatrwe Points lo Dan.
tiers of the slid Practice.
The fourth class postmasters, now
under protection of the civil service,
are, agitate over the rumor that has
gone all over the country that the new
Congress, Intends to undo tho work of
the ltepublican administrations by
rescinding; tho civil service law ond
(hunting the fourth class postmaster.
back Into the field ot political patron
age. C. O. Harry, president of the national
league of third and fourth class post
masters, has received many letters re
cently from Governmtnt employees
describing the Improvements they have
made because they were put In th
classified Service, and Insisting that the
Government would suffer In many way
If the postmasters In tho fourth clas
offices be put bock Into politics. Even
the third class postmasters have been)
writing Mr. Barry suggesting that In
stead of taking offices from tho civil
service, the Government should be add
ing them, particularly in the third class .
Tho postmistress at Qreenlawn. L. 1 , '
writes to explain how she erected a $1.
000 tllo and concrete building because
she thought her Job was permanent.
Postmaster Warner of Hccchor City,
III., explains how systematic nnd care
ful ho has been since ho was covered
by the civil service. Postmaster Wllhlt.i
of Paul, Ind., has made many Improve
ments In his office since going under
civil service, nnd would mako many
mora If loft alone.
The tenor of all tho letters Is thnt.
post office keeping In the old patronaKu
days was an unsystematic, shiftless
business, and thnt tho Government had
better let n good thing nlone If It doesn't f
want to run Its post dftlces In the old
careless way. Tho Natlonnl Civil Ser
vice Reform League has published thu
letters received by Mr. Harry.
MORE BABIES SAVED LAST YEA It
Decrease) 1st Infant Mortality Cred
ited to Social Work.
Tnfant mortality In this city dccrcBSi-il
per cent. In 1912, accorditiK to '
figures ot tho Hoard of Health Just con
piled. Tho Keneral death rule wa reduced
a little more than 1 per cent. In the )"
there were 14,289 deaths of babies und
1 year front all causes In the city, oj'
pared with 15,063 in 1911, a decrease
74, At the satno time the number
births Increased by 1,081, If the deaths '
babies had Increased In tho same pixipo
Hon there would huvo been 17') ni"
deaths of babies last year Instead '
tti less than the year before.
According to Ur. 8. Josephine Itakc
chief ot the division ot child hygiene, th"
saving ot babies has not been duo ru
tlrely to luck and weather conditions, bjt
In ft large manner to tho effective cam
paign against Infant diseases. The onh
borough In the city which did not show
a decrease last year of deaths front
causes was The Bronx, where well or
ganised social work has scarcely begun
Only three of the eighty milk stations In
tha city are tn The Bronx. Manhattan
borough,' wtilch contains a majority of ttv
tntlk stations and has tho most tnu
oughly organized social work, show Cm
gTsatsst decrease In infant destas.